Is the MSN Bridge Pathway Right for Me?

By Lauren Abraham

Nursing student studying

Wondering if a bridge pathway is right for you? As one of the fastest growing fields, it is no wonder many students looking to become a nurse want to earn their education as conveniently and efficiently as possible. Continue reading to learn more about the MSN bridge pathway and how to determine if it is right for you.

What Is a Bridge Pathway?

An MSN bridge pathway is designed for registered nurses who do not currently have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, but have a bachelor’s degree in another field. A bridge pathway consists of pre-requisite courses that prepare students for admission into an a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. Intended as an accelerated pathway to complete an MSN, the coursework helps students bridge the gap between being an RN and becoming an MSN-prepared nurse.

Choosing an Emphasis

At Grand Canyon University, students can choose from a variety of MSN emphases. For example, students who want to combine their passion for healthcare and information technology can enroll in the MSN bridge pathway with an emphasis in healthcare informatics. Students who want to prepare to educate the next generation of nursing professionals can choose an emphasis in nursing education. For individuals who want to become leaders in nursing advancement, an emphasis in nursing leadership in healthcare systems is a great option.

An MSN bridge pathway with an emphasis in public health is ideal for individuals who want to become innovators in the field of public health. RN’s who want to earn their MSN and work with the growing adult patient population can choose to specialize in adult-gerontology. Individuals who want to lead as a primary care provider can earn their MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner, and individuals who want to combine their love for business with serving patients can earn their dual MBA and MSN degree.

Determining if the MSN Bridge Pathway Is Right for You

There are many benefits that come with earning your MSN through a bridge pathway. Typically, students who enroll in a bridge pathway have experience working in the field as an RN, so they are able to learn new concepts easily and apply them to their work. It is important for students who enroll in an MSN bridge pathway to be self-motivated and dedicated. Students must also be willing to put in the work it takes to succeed along the way. In addition, students must be wise in choosing their bridge pathway and ensure they can commit the proper amount of time and dedication toward the completion of the necessary coursework that comprise the pathway.

Ultimately, an MSN bridge pathway is a great option for those who want to take their career to the next level. With the many emphases available to choose from at GCU, students can earn their education conveniently and pursue a nursing career they are passionate about.

Grand Canyon University’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions develops graduates to be effective professionals, ethical leaders and socially responsible citizens. Learn more on the GCU website.

Written by Lauren Abraham, a senior earning a communication degree from GCU.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University.

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